DA:I was your GF's first ever video game?
My girlfriend fell in love with DA:Inquisition.
Simple, if not particularly good story.
It built up her chops with using a controller, and now she can play pretty much anything, she even finished Bayonetta.
Edit: OP, I'd recommend Diablo III
This is what I came to post. I have friends who bounce off of nearly every modern AAA game that I rave about, but everyone I've recommended The Witness to has stuck with it all the way to the end.
Probably The Witness, depending on the person.
- Looks very pretty.
- Introduces the player to twin stick controls but the game is a slow enough pace that they can adapt in their own time.
- Makes the player feel increasingly smart as they progress.
They can't handle the ASDW controls plus move movement, my dad played Call of Duty a couple of years and he had trouble moving around since strafing was not something he is known to when it comes naturally to us.
I introduced my mom to The Witness but she hates she hates to use the keyboard for it since her hands aren't what they used to be.
Best current example of what video games can be.
Life is Strange is not a "gender exclusive" game, but from my experience I can say that women love it. One of my friends has this as the only platinum in her collection (and it's not "automatic" one like the Telltale games, requires some effort to get all the photos).
Ha, came to say this. (well, without the gender part)
then when they were like "why are these animals rolling at 90 degree angles what is this" I would just go "shhh" and quietly leave.
I thought Portal 2 would be an easy game to play co-op with my gf.
My 9 year old cousin made it through that game almost completely melee, so I don't think my mom would have any difficulties.
Turns out twin sticks are kinda alien for people who aren't used to them.
My spouse can't do open-world stuff, or adventure games really. She loves puzzles. If a challenge isn't presented in front of her to solve right then and there, she gets bored. Item management, walking around, dialogue and the such turn her off immediately.
And the fact that it's easily the best looking console game out there right now helps establish the visual cred to a first time player.
If the person you're introducing gaming to isn't into open world mechanics..
Until dawn. Practically a teenage slasher movie turned into a video game. Some really good performances and character models that can often be mistaken for real actors under the right lighting circumstances.
Although to an adult, I might start with your good Telltale series like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us or something like Until Dawn. Those I always hear are good choices for this kind of thing.
I'd want to do the same, but OTOH most of the time that probably wouldn't work out so well.
So I dunno, maybe something like Uncharted (4)? Standard gaming elements, but with a cinematic bent to keep the player engaged long enough to get a feel for gameplay.
An RPG is another step up in terms of complexity and assumed outside knowledge, but maybe the Witcher 3 could work (combat is simple enough).
I don't think I'd choose the Witness. It's a great game and I love it, but I think you would need prior experience of "gaming" to appreciate what the Witness does differently. Otherwise it's a bunch of grid-based puzzles with some tedious walking in between.
Edit: The Last of Us. Better story than U4 and not a sequel. Adds crafting but still less complex than RPGs.
You expect a first time gamer to grasp Horizon?!
Amazing graphics, great gameplay, and robot dinosaur-ish things. What's not to love?
Lets start with something like Minecraft, or some multiplayer offline Call of Duty to at least get them use to moving and using a controller.
Are people paying attention to the title?
Also, Bishock seems like an awful way to start out...lol.
World of WarCraft would be a great starter game IMO.
Or Last of Us.